Indonesia morning news for July 24

Indonesia morning news for July 24

Indonesia morning news

Govt to reduce spending after revenue growth slows in first half
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has said the government will reduce spending in the coming months as revenue growth was slow in the first half of 2019.
— The Jakarta Post

Integrated system to improve services for higher learning institutions
[email protected], an application of the Integrated Information and Service System, is expected to improve the services of Indonesia’s Higher Education Institutions (LLDIKTI) for Area III, for higher education institutions, especially those in LLDIKTI’s work areas.
— Antara News

Indonesian Couple Carried Out Philippines Cathedral Bombing, Police Say
A deadly cathedral bombing in the Philippines in January was a suicide attack carried out by an Indonesian couple who once tried to reach Islamic State territory and were deported from Turkey, the Indonesian police said on Tuesday.
— The New York Times (paywall)

Election comission asks elected legislators to submit wealth reports
Raja Ampat District General Election Commission (KPU), West Papua Province, has reminded the elected legislators to submit reports on their wealth.
— Antara News

Pertamina ranks above Alibaba, Facebook on Fortune 500 list
State-owned oil and gas company Pertamina is the only Indonesian company on the latest Fortune 500 list of the world’s biggest corporations in terms of revenues.
— The Jakarta Post

Lawmaker reminds Home Ministry of citizens’ data protection
House of Representatives’ (DPR’s) Commission III Deputy Chairman Mardani Ali Sera reminded the Home Affairs Ministry to protect the data of citizens, as it had established cooperation with 1,227 institutions on access to citizens’ data.
— Antara News

N. Sumatra prosecutors release wanted list, including businessman Adelin Lis
The North Sumatra Prosecutor’s Office has released 50 names on its wanted list (DPO).
— The Jakarta Post

China to impose anti-dumping tax on stainless steel from Indonesia, EU, Japan, Korea
China said on Monday it will impose anti-dumping duties on some stainless steel products imported from the European Union, Japan, South Korea and Indonesia.
— Intellasia

Agency urges people to not panic over massive earthquake issue
Geophysics Deputy of Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) Muhammad Sadly pointed to Java’s southern region’s megathrust earthquake potential, yet affirming that it is not a forecast, so people should not panic over the issue.
— Antara News

In ride-hailing craze, discounts great deal for passengers
Ride-hailing services are favored by people because they help them save money, but the price discounts are raising concerns over the business sustainability of the operators, a forum discussion revealed on Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Minister highlights Indonesia’s flagship export products in China
Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita believes that Indonesia’s superior products have the opportunity to meet the export demand in a bid to minimize the trade balance.
— Antara News

Indonesia carries out operation to tackle drought in several provinces
Indonesia has started operation by related agencies and the military to tackle impacts of drought covering several provinces, aimed at assuring crop harvesting in the affected areas.
— Xinhua

104 applicants for top KPK posts pass competency test
A team tasked with selecting new Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) leaders has announced that 104 applicants passed the second phase of tests.
— The Jakarta Post

Rate cut to boost investment in second half, minister says
The recent rate cut by Bank Indonesia (BI), which has hinted at more cuts in the future, combined with improvements to government investment policies, is expected to boost investment growth, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has said.
— The Jakarta Post

JAD Treasurer Arrested; Police Say There’s Money from Afghanistan
The Indonesian Police’s anti-terror squad Densus 88 arrested a member of Jamaah Ansharut Daulah or JAD in Padang, South Sumatera on July 18.

Bappenas Dissects the Quality of Indonesian and Vietnamese Labors
The National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) Minister Bambang P.S. Brodjonegoro recently talked about the eminence of Vietnamese labors compared to Indonesian labors, which he argues was not gained instantly by Vietnam.

Court rejects JIS student’s mother demand for Rp 1.7 trillion compensation
The South Jakarta District Court rejected on Tuesday a civil lawsuit against staffers of the Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS) in Cilandak, South Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

BNI’s net profits grow 2.7 percent in first semester
State-owned Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) reported a net profit of Rp 7.63 trillion (US$545.95 million) in the first half of this year, an increase of only 2.7 percent from Rp 7.44 trillion in the first six months last year.
— The Jakarta Post

To curb drug resistance in humans, Lampung farm produces eggs without antibiotics
Taking antibiotics at the right time and in the right dosage might cure illnesses, but overexposure could also be dangerous.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt to allow Java to add more special economic zones for industry
The government has made the decision to allow for the development of new special economic zones for industry on Java Island, the nation’s most populous and most industrialized island, in a push to diversify industries and respond to demand from the private sector.
— The Jakarta Post

Housing sales down in Greater Jakarta in H1
The first half of 2019 saw a slump in housing sales in Greater Jakarta, amid increased political tensions triggered by April’s presidential election.
— The Jakarta Post

Digital technology can become basis for inclusive economic development
The Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) stated that digital technology could become a basis for inclusive economic development in Indonesia.
— Antara News

Go-Jek prosecutes partners creating fake orders
Online transportation service company Go-Jek says it will prosecute driver-partners who violate their contracts by using software such as fake GPS that shows them in a false location or who create fake orders.
— The Jakarta Post

Thanks to Xpander, Indonesia now Mitsubishi’s largest market
Once a humble player in Indonesia’s automotive industry, Japan-based Mitsubishi Motor Corporation (MMC) has finally found its way to the top tier of the competition with Indonesia becoming its biggest international market.
— The Jakarta Post

34 coal miners seek additional quotas
Thirty-four coal mining companies have submitted their work program and budget revisions (RKABs) to the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry to apply for process production quota increases, a ministry official said on Monday night.
— The Jakarta Post

Corridor Block’s three contractors to maintain roles after 2023
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has given assurances that the three existing operators at the Corridor Block in South Sumatra will continue to play their respective roles after their contracts expire in 2023, even after state-owned holding company Pertamina takes over operations.
— The Jakarta Post

Palestine seeks more tariff exemptions from Indonesia
Palestine has requested the Indonesian government exempt it from import tariffs on 61 of its products after Jakarta lifted tariffs on Palestinian dates and olives earlier this year.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to close island in bid to save Komodo dragons
Indonesia plans to close its eastern island of Komodo to the public next year in a bid to conserve rare Komodo dragons, the largest living species of lizard, a provincial official said on Tuesday.
— Reuters

Indonesia, Timor Leste to begin talks on maritime boundary delimitation
Indonesia and Timor Leste are soon to begin negotiations on the delimitation of their maritime boundaries after settling their land borders, officials have said, as Asia’s youngest nation seeks to consolidate its sovereignty 20 years after an independence referendum.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia, US remain upbeat despite lull in strategic ties
At a recent Fourth of July commemoration in Jakarta, United States Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph R. Donovan Jr. described how close Indonesia-US engagement had been even before the two countries established diplomatic ties almost 70 years ago.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia makes great efforts to eradicate illegal fishing: Minister
Indonesia has made a great effort to eradicate illegal fishing, indicated by the success of its lobbying to increase global awareness about illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities.
— Antara News

Bukalapak Rebuts Rumors of Connection with Radical Groups
Online marketplace Bukalapak strongly denied the numerous social media allegations that accuse the company of supporting radical groups through public donation.

MRT 2030: Jakarta plans to build 10 subway lines measuring 230 kilometers within 10 years
MRT Jakarta, the country’s first ever subway system, may well become the main railway transportation system in the Greater Jakarta Area over the coming decade as plans for the construction of several new lines have been announced.
— Coconuts

Student numbers plummet at Bekasi private schools
Unfurling banners and chanting slogans, about 100 private school principals staged a noisy protest at the Bekasi mayoral office recently.
— The Jakarta Post

Africa warned against allowing fishing in their waters
African countries should not issue fishing permits to foreign vessels in their territory because it could potentially harm the country, Indonesian Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti has warned.
— Antara News

State train manufacturer PT INKA sends 26 carriages to Bangladesh
State train manufacturer PT INKA dispatched 26 coaches of the total 250 ordered carriages to Chittagong Port, Bangladesh, via Jamrud II Terminal, Surabaya Tanjung Perak Port, East Java, in line with the ongoing export cooperation with the country.
— Antara News

From products to businesses: the hidden opportunities of IoT
How IoT will change transform the way businesses operate. The initial uptake of interconnected smart devices was slower than it’s forecast.
— e27

Here is why blockchain will have a big impact on the healthcare industry
Blockchain technology will help to safeguard data integrity in the healthcare sector Whether you’re exposed to the technicality of blockchain technology or not, you have the thirst of implementing something new in your healthcare industry, which can build trusted patient care, data integrity.
— e27

RI-Australia cooperation needed to face global challenges: diplomat
The Indonesian Consul General in Sydney, Heru Hartanto Subolo, has stressed the significance of cooperation between Indonesia and Australia to face global challenges, especially in the health and environment sectors.
— Antara News

Once ‘king of the streets’, Metro Mini buses suffer slow demise
With the Jakarta administration now implementing its plan to phase out the city’s old, rickety public buses, Metro Mini buses, once known as “the king of the streets”, have been slowly disappearing, with people now able to enjoy a greater variety of public transportation options.
— The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta road collapses suddenly, two vehicles fall into hole
Vehicles fell into a huge hole following a road collapse in Kentungan, Sleman, Yogyakarta, on Tuesday, resulting in a traffic collision. No casualties were reported.
— The Jakarta Post

Disaster mitigation agency kicks off program to train locals along Java’s south coast
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has embarked on a mission to train and empower locals living along Java’s southern coast vis-à-vis risks posed by potential tsunami and other types of disaster.
— The Jakarta Post

Giant seawall may cause bigger problems: Activists
The government’s newest proposal for phase two of Jakarta’s outer sea dike project — previously referred to as a giant seawall or the Great Garuda — has raised questions and concerns from activists and scholars who warn of the potential environmental and social costs of the mega project.
— The Jakarta Post

Australian nightclub promoters arrested in Bali over cocaine possession
Ni Komang Erviani, Denpasar, Bali Two Australian nightclub promoters, identified as William Cabantog and David Van Iersel, have been arrested in Canggu, North Kuta, Bali, for allegedly possessing 1.12 grams of cocaine.
— The Jakarta Post

In Muslim-majority Blitar, villagers maintain interfaith harmony brick by brick
It was early in the morning when Salamun rushed to Al Falah mosque in Krisik village, Blitar regency, East Java, to make an announcement on kerja bakti (community activity) to local villagers on Saturday.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Listen to the children’: East Nusa Tenggara teenager speaks at UN forum
Roslinda, a 14-year-old middle school student from Kombapari village in East Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara, had never been outside the country until this month, when she went to New York City to attend the United Nations (UN) High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.
— The Jakarta Post

Pelni to cut off ‘non-seat’ ticket sales, focus on standard capacity
In an effort to improve safety and service, state-owned ferry boat operator PT Pelayaran Nasional Indonesia (Pelni) is cutting off its non-seat ticket sales and instead is to stick to the standard capacity.
— The Jakarta Post

Sexual, physical violence against students leaves much to be done
A string of recent events has focused public attention on sexual and physical violence against students in school, supposedly safe havens for children, with observers noting that there is still much left to be done to address the issue.
— The Jakarta Post

Officers successfully pull out aircraft from Cimanuk River bed
Officers, through joint efforts, managed to pull out a Cessna 172 PK-WUG registered aircraft from the bottom of Cimanuk River in Indramayu District, West Java.
— Antara News

3 reasons why Asia’s tech ecosystem needs heroes
Entrepreneurs in Asia should also closely follow the stories of tech founders who have succeeded here in the region According to author Zak Dychtwald inYoung China, the late great Steve Jobs and Alibaba founder Jack Ma once faced off in a heated competition of sorts.
— e27

UI develops a pilot project of healthy school
The Public Service Team of the Public Health Faculty of the University of Indonesia (UI) held a training on Balanced Nutrition as part of the Healthy Elementary School pilot project activities.
— Antara News

PAN keen to join Jokowi-Ma’ruf coalition unconditionally
Deputy General Chairperson of the National Mandate Party (PAN) Bara Hasibuan expressed his party’s intent to join the Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin Government’s coalition without any conditions.
— Antara News

Anies Baswedan receives Palestinian Ambassador
Governor of Jakarta Anies Baswedan received a visit from Palestinian Ambassador to Indonesia Zuhair Al Shun and his delegation at the City Hall, here, on Monday.
— Antara News

Ministry handles forest fires with a hotspot approach
The Ministry of Environment and Forestry was working on a system to prevent forest and land fires with a hotspot approach, the ministry’s Secretary General, Bambang Hendroyo has said.
— Antara News

Commentary: Indonesia’s aircraft industry wants to take off but face immense challenges
Indonesia’s aircraft industry is still behind others in the region despite its huge potential, says Tangguh Chairil.
— Intellasia

Palm oil set for bull run after Indonesia supply plateau nears
A palm oil bull run could begin with Indonesia’s production decelerating, even before palm oil output plateaus by 2021.
— Intellasia

Conjoined Twins Adam and Malik to be separated through surgery
Adam and Malik, the conjoined twins born fused at the abdomen, are set to undergo surgery to separate them on Tuesday at the Adam Malik Public Hospital in Medan, North Sumatra.
— Antara News

Standing vs. sitting desks: the ongoing debate on best company practices
Lifestyle practices can be significant in optimising employee productivity in your company You’re *sitting* at your desk working away, deep in flow, when you notice out of the corner of your eye someone staring at you.
— e27


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Justhine De Guzman Uy completed a Bachelor of Arts Major in Mass Communication at New Era University, Quezon City, the Philippines in 2016

After graduation she worked at the Philippine Broadcasting Service performing transcription and business news writing, before moving to Eagle Broadcasting Corporation where she worked as a news editor, translator and production assistant.

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